Ashfield District Council has already paid out £15m in business grants to help businesses in the Ashfield District, but there are still businesses yet to claim their grants.
The Council has received £22m funding from the government as part of its Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants.
We are now encouraging all eligible businesses who have received a letter from us and who’ve not yet applied to go to the Council’s website and complete the online form. Please provide all of the information asked for otherwise this will delay payment of the grant.
The Council has written to all those eligible for the grants. Hundreds of business have already applied for the grants, which has seen individual businesses awarded £10k for the SBBR Grant and up to £25k for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
Cllr Mathew Relf, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “There are still numerous businesses in the District that we haven’t heard from. We want to make it clear to all eligible businesses that this is a grant and the money won’t have to be paid back.
“Council Officers are busy contacting businesses that haven’t yet applied, and we encourage anyone who has received a letter or believes they are eligible to go to the Council’s website and complete the online application form. The coronavirus outbreak has left dozens of business across our District struggling. Many have had to furlough staff and as a Council, we are doing everything possible to support them.”
A wide range of businesses are already benefitting from the grants.
Tasha Cotterill of Kip McGrath Ashfield said “The business grant has been very useful to us as a start-up business, as it has meant that we can carrying on tutoring within the community by moving to online learning. We hope that the grant will enable us to get through these hard times and be able to resume and build our business as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Carrie Austin of Carrie Austin Photography adds “This help is so appreciated. The grant means I don't have to worry about shutting the door of my studio until it is safe to reopen. The Council have been great and very supportive in their emails. Money is a constant worry running a business and this grant has taken the pressure off. I'm so grateful.”
If you are a local business that is eligible for one of the grants and need more information, details on how to apply can be found on our website https://www.ashfield.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus-advice-for-residents/support-for-businesses/
The Council has also set up a dedicated email address to support businesses across the District. Anyone with any concerns can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Matthew Relf continued “Once a business has completed the quick and easy application form, the information will be verified and processed and the funds paid into their bank account within a few days. If you have questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are here to help and support local businesses. We know what worrying times these are for business owners and we will do everything we can to support you through these times.”
Discover Ashfield Ambassadors are also available to support local businesses with advice on what support is available from the Government. Volunteer Ambassadors, who are also local business owners, can contact you to provide advice and support.
You can contact them at email@example.com.
Discover Ashfield celebrates all that is best about living, visiting, working and doing business in Ashfield and includes representation from a wide range of business, community and public sector bodies. Further information about Discover Ashfield can be found at www.discoverashfield.co.uk or by Searching Discover Ashfield on Facebook.